Letter written by Martha Gelhorn to Grace Hall Hemingway, dated April 8. This is a scanned version of the original image in Special Collections and Archives at Middlebury College, Middlebury, Vt. Help us improve our transcriptions! If you see an error, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org .
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April 8 Martha Hemingway FINCA VIGIA SAN FRANCISCO DE PAULA CUBA
Dear Mrs. Hemingway: We are very bad letter writers in these parts. I do not know how long ago you wrote me and I apologize for not having written sooner, to wish you a quickly recovered health. I trust that you are quite well by now, and that in the getting well you were not too miserable. Here are the pictures you asked for. They are very dim, I'm afraid. The camera has not been used for a very long time, and probably lizards are nesting in it by now. But they will give you a vague idea of the house. It is mostly white inside, and very bare and cool. Outside everything is bright green and handsome, I mean all the things that grow. The children were down for five days for their Easter vacation, so we got these pictures of them to send along. Patrick is very big now, almost as tall and almost as stout as I am. They are lovely children, very well and very jolly and with wonderful heads (as you know without my saying so.) We are both writing again and very quiet and busy. It is amazing to live in so beautiful and [strikethrough] [—] [/strikethrough] peaceful a place, in these days. When you write to Urra please give her my love. We saw a very long piece in the Mexico City papers (we were there a few weeks ago) about the trip Leicester made with Tony Jenkinson, giving them full if belated credit for discovering many things which have since proved all too true. They did an excellent job at that time, and should have gotten far more [strikethrough] [—–] [/strikethrough] recognition. Again, I do hope you are well by now. With best wishes from all of us, yours